The Seattle Sounders have had an amazing season, but they haven’t been able to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They’re still the favorites but Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids still have a chance. Those chances will increase, for both, if Colorado beats the visiting Sounders on Wednesday night.
We’re five games away from the end of the regular season. Seattle already secured a spot in the playoffs but finishing in first place would be huge for its aspirations.
Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer betting lines for Colorado vs Seattle.
Game: Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders
Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colo.
Time: Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET
TV: FOX 13+
Live Stream: MLS Live on ESPN+
UEFA Champions League Betting Lines
|Colorado Rapids||-½ -105||-105||2½ -110o||1½ -105o/-125u|
|Seattle Sounders||+½ -125||+285||2½ -120u||½ -210o/+165u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 32
- Colorado Rapids Victories: 7 (32 goals)
- Seattle Sounders Victories: 22 (58 goals)
- Draws: 3
They already met twice. Their first encounter finished 1-1. Alex Roldan scored for the Sounders while Michael Barrios did it for the Rapids. Seattle won the second meeting without too much trouble. The game ended 3-0 with goals from Cristian Roldan, Jimmy Medranda and Joao Paulo.
Seattle won seven of their last 10 meetings. During that span, the Sounders scored 20 goals, allowed eight and finished with a clean sheet five times. Nevertheless, the total went over in six of those games.
The Sounders won in Colorado for the last time in 2018.
The Colorado Rapids sit in third place with 51 points thanks to a 14-9-6 record. They’re only six points behind the Sounders and that’s why they must go all-in. That urgency is what makes them a more tempting option when betting online.
Most recently, they lost 3-1 to Real Salt Lake. Several players weren’t at 100 percent after the World Cup Qualifiers. Head coach Robin Fraser has done a great job in establishing a winning mentality. It’s rare to see the Rapids lose two games in a row.
“For some reason, I don’t feel like we got into a very good rhythm. Certainly, we had some good moments offensively and defensively, but not enough and not in the right moments. But in the end, certainly this one will sting a bit,” said Fraser after the game.
When a head coach keeps it real, you know the team it’s in good hands. They don’t have any player among the league’s top scorers, but Jack Price has had a great season. He’s among the league’s leaders in assists with 11. Barrios has benefited the most and he leads the team in scoring with eight goals.
Colorado has been considerably better when playing at home. They own a 7-6-1 record (7-3-5) on the road. They also are 7-7 against the spread and 4-8-2 over/under.
Aiming to the Top
You’ll never be wrong by including the Seattle Sounders in your soccer picks. After winning two of the last five titles, I think it’s safe to say they’re used to the pressure. They only won two but played in four of the last five title games.
They currently lead the Western Conference with 57 points thanks to a 17-6-6 record. They’ve scored 49 goals and allowed 25. No other team in the entire league has allowed less goals than them.
Most recently, they lost 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo. However, prior to that, they won four straight games, including Sporting KC, Colorado, and crushing the Vancouver Whitecaps. That’s why winning this one would be huge. They’ll remain depending only on themselves to finish as the No. 1 seed.
They also suffered due to the WCQ, but their top scorer is expected to be back on Wednesday. Raul Ruidiaz has scored 16 goals. He’s only one goal behind Ola Kamara (DC United) and he’s a strong candidate to win MVP.
The Sounders are 9-2-3 when playing on the road. They also are 11-3 against the spread and 5-7-2 over/under. Expect them to go all-in as well, they’ve scored in 86 percent of their road games.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Trust me, you won’t find a more exciting game than this. The Colorado Rapids would love to finish on top, but first they need to clinch a spot in the postseason. They’ve a roster talented enough to fight mano-a-mano with the Seattle Sounders. They need to take the reins right from the start and try to score first. The Sounders have scored before halftime in their last five fixtures.
It’s inevitable for a team that already qualified to relax. Colorado leads the odds board thanks to that and due to playing at home. Bottom line, expect fireworks. Both sides will score and the total will go over. Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances.
Score Prediction: Colorado Rapids 2, Seattle Sounders 1